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The Nairobi Code: DUTY TO AVOID EXPLOITATION

Model Rules of Ethics for Legal Advisors in Refugee Cases

8 DUTY TO AVOID EXPLOITATION

8.1 An Advisor shall not engage in any relationship either directly or indirectly that is likely to compromise his or her independent judgment on behalf of the client in rendering legal services and shall not exploit his or her client for financial, sexual or other gain. To avoid all doubt any sexual or business relationship between a legal advisor and a current client shall be presumed to be exploitative.

8.2 Advisors shall not solicit or receive any services, products, or labor for which a person might normally be compensated in money or other exchange from any current client or for six months after the end of an advisor-client relationship, except as permitted by Rule 5.5 where a relationship pre-existed the need for legal services and no alternative legal advisors are available.

8.3 Advisors shall not enter into any financial relationship with any current client or for six months after the end of an advisor-client relationship.

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